BASEBALL—In the most significant trade of the major league winter meeting in Los Angeles, the rebuilding Chicago White Sox sent All-Star shortstop LUIS APARICIO to Boston for Second Baseman Mike Andrews and Shortstop Luis Alvarado.
Cuba took the first two games of a best-of-three playoff with the U.S. 3-1 and 5-3 to win the world amateur championship in Cartagena, Colombia.
BASKETBALL—NBA: That scourge of old, Boston, won its eighth straight last week and, with New York falling to Detroit and Buffalo, the Celtics were only one back of the Atlantic Division leaders in the loss column. Boston started the week with a pair of wins over Buffalo and added Los Angeles, Cleveland and Chicago as it successfully blended old and new talent. John Havlicek was the big scorer, averaging 33 points a game, but he was abetted by Jo Jo White, who tallied 37 in a 117-116 defeat of Buffalo and 27 more as Cleveland fell 118-107. The Los Angeles Lakers picked up two wins over their closest Pacific Division challengers, San Francisco and San Diego, and toppled Central leader Baltimore, 97-93, as well. Against San Diego, Jerry West equaled his previous season high of 41 points.
ABA: In basketball jargon "D" stands for defense, and in the American Basketball Association no team plays it better than the New York Nets. Coach Lou Carnesecca, who taught a little "D" while at St. John's, has three of his former Redmen with him in the pros. Last week the Nets took a firm hold on third place in the East Division and moved above the .500 level by continuing to get A's in "D." It came about with a trio of impressive wins—129-113 over Texas, 115-110 over Florida and 98-87 over Memphis. Virginia and Indiana continued to trail Kentucky and Utah, but when the division leaders met the Stars won 129-128 in overtime.
BOWLING—KLAUS MUELLER of West Germany won the world amateur title by taking three final games from Henry Tan of Singapore in Copenhagen, Denmark. The U.S. representative, Wayn Zmrhal of Berwyn, Ill., was eliminated in the semifinals.
BOXING—Southpaw BILLY BACKUS, a 9-1 underdog who once quit boxing over his failure to win, took the world welterweight title from champion José Napoles on a fourth-round technical knockout in Syracuse, N.Y.
BRIDGE—BRAZIL became the sixth team to qualify for the world tournament in Taiwan next May by defeating Argentina 133-104 in the South American championship in Caracas.
FOOTBALL—With only two weeks to go the National Football League gets curiouser and curiouser. MINNESOTA finally did clinch the NFC Central title by edging Chicago 16-13, and BALTIMORE, following its 29-10 defeat of Philadelphia, was on the threshold of claiming the AFC Eastern crown. But elsewhere two NFC and AFC divisional races remained deadlocked. In the NFC West, LOS ANGELES drubbed New Orleans 34-16 and SAN FRANCISCO edged Atlanta 24-20, while in the AFC West KANSAS CITY blanked Denver 16-0 and OAKLAND pulled another out, 14-13 against the New York Jets. The NFC Eastern jigsaw became more puzzling when leader St. Louis fell to DETROIT 16-3. This drew NEW YORK (20-6 over Buffalo) and DALLAS (34-0 over Washington) within half a game. CINCINNATI evened up its won-lost record by defeating San Diego 17-14—and in the AFC Central Division that was good enough for first. Pittsburgh seemed to drop out of it by losing to GREEN BAY 20-12.
National Conference—Eastern: St. Louis (8-3-1), New York and Dallas (8-4-0), Washington (4-8-0), Philadelphia (2-9-1). Central: Minnesota (10-2-0), Detroit (8-4-0), Green Bay (6-6-0), Chicago (4-8-0). Western: Los Angeles and San Francisco (8-3-1), Atlanta (3-7-2), New Orleans (2-9-1).
American Conference—Eastern: Baltimore (9-2-1), Miami (8-4-0), New York (4-8-0), Buffalo (3-8-1), Boston (2-10-0). Central: Cincinnati (6-6-0), Cleveland (5-6-0), Pittsburgh (5-7-0), Houston (3-7-1). Western: Kansas City and Oakland (7-3-2), Denver (5-7-0), San Diego (4-6-2).
The ice and snow up North drove college football down among the flowering palms last week, where it ended the 1970 regular season not with a whimper, but with a bang. LOUISIANA STATE, like TEXAS earlier in the day (page 20), won a conference title and a bowl invitation by routing supposedly stiff opposition. With a 61-17 defeat of Mississippi and sore-armed Archie Manning behind them, the Southeastern Conference champions now face unbeaten Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers returned three punts for touchdowns, including two of 73 and 61 yards by Tommy Casanova. Another bowl-bound team, TENNESSEE, won its ninth straight by defeating UCLA 28-17 as Quarterback Bobby Scott set Volunteer records for career total offense, career pass offense and season pass offense. ARIZONA STATE fumbled five times, twice on the one, but still edged Arizona 10-6 to finish unbeaten at 10-0. HOUSTON had no trouble with Miami, winning 36-3 as Elmo Wright caught his 34th career TD pass, second on the alltime list.
GOLF—Tour rabbit BILL GARRETT of Amarillo, Texas won the Coral Springs Open by one stroke over Bob Murphy. Garrett's final-round 69 gave him a 72-hole score of 272, 12 under par.
HOCKEY—With flashing skates and fists to match, NHL division leaders Boston and Chicago resumed their bitter rivalry, the Black Hawks winning 4-3 to extend their unbeaten home streak to 13 games. Chicago picked up two other wins during the week against Los Angeles and Minnesota, while second-place St. Louis lost two of three. The slipping Blues were beaten by New York 4-2 as the Rangers kept the East Division close with other victories over Pittsburgh and Toronto, the latter a 1-0 shutout. The Canadiens welcomed new Coach Al Mac Neil by defeating St. Louis 6-3 but remained well back. Veteran Frank Mahovlich brightened Detroit's week by joining teammates Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio as 400-goal scorers.
SOCCER—Defending champion ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY completed its second straight unbeaten season by defeating UCLA 1-0 in the NCAA finals.
Davis and Elkins of West Virginia took the NAIA title with a pair of third-period goals to down Quincy, Ill. 2-0 in Dunn, N.C.
SPEED SKATING—GREG LEYMAN, John Shof and Jon Lutz won the top three places as the U.S. dominated the small-four event (500, 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 meters) at the international championships in Innsbruck, Austria. GERHARD ZIMMERMAN of West Germany won the big-four event (500, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters).
TENNIS—The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, in a running war with the country's leading women players, named Californians PATTI HOGAN and SHARON WALSH to compete in the Federation Cup next month. Meanwhile a key figure in the women's tennis liberation movement, Billie Jean King, announced she and other stars would embark on an all-women's pro tour next month.
TRACK & FIELD—HEIDE ROSENDAHL of West Germany clipped .2 of a second off the women's world indoor record with an 8.0 timing in the 60-meter hurdles at a meet in West Berlin.
WEIGHT LIFTING—VASILY ALEKSEYEV, a Soviet student, erased all four superheavyweight records by pressing 486.2 pounds, snatching 386.1, clean and jerking 502.7 and totalling 1,375 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: For competition in next year's Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, Jim Hall's controversial Chaparral 2J "vacuum cleaner" car.
HELP WANTED: At three more major colleges, the Universities of Iowa, Virginia and Wyoming, following the departures of Football Coaches RAY NAGEL, GEORGE BLACKBURN and LLOYD EATON. Nagel was 16-32-2 over five years, Blackburn 29-32 through six and Eaton 57-33-2 over nine.
NAMED: To coach football at the University of Pennsylvania, HARRY GAMBLE, formerly of Lafayette; and at Virginia Military Institute, BOB THALMAN, onetime defensive assistant.
NAMED: As Racehorse of the Year by the British press and the French publication Week End, NIJINSKY. In the U.S., meanwhile, LAVERNE HANOVER was awarded his third straight divisional title as 4-year-old Pacer of the Year, and DAYAN was voted 4-year-old Trotter of the Year.
RETIRING: Cleveland Brown Coach BLANTON COLLIER, following completion of the current season. Collier began this year, his eighth, with a 69-27-2 record including one NFL championship.
RETIRED: EMMETT ASHFORD, first and only black umpire in the majors, after five years' service in the American League.